Warner raises concerns over AG leadership

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- Virginia Senator Mark Warner has concerns about the firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and now acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who served as Sessions' chief of staff.

Whitaker will oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian collusion, even though he has been a vocal critic of the investigation.

“I think we all knew that the president was going to fire AG Sessions,” said Warner. “Didn't take long after the election and I think it's because this president is desperately afraid of what will be included in the Mueller filings. Trump didn't choose Rod Rosenstein and instead put in a political figure that I think has to recuse himself of any oversight of the Mueller investigation because Mr. Whitaker has already written and spoken about how the Mueller investigation is very inappropriate.”

Democrats are calling for emergency hearings on Session' removal and say they will investigate after they officially take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January.

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